Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter
March 15th, 2012
09:42 PM ET
11 years ago

Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter

(CNN) – Rush Limbaugh, the conservative radio host who launched a firestorm earlier this month by calling a law student derogatory terms, joined Twitter Thursday.

Tweeting at the handle @Limbaugh, the host began his foray into the social networking site by sending out links to articles criticizing the liberal group Media Matters.

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“Good story by @jeff_poor @DailyCaller. He gets it right, @mmfa wrong as usual. Read and Retweet.” The message linked to an article at the conservative website The Daily Caller.

On his radio program Thursday, Limbaugh explained his decision to start using his Twitter account.

“I've decided to actually activate it now and use it for strategic purposes since it has become such an effective means of informing people outside the bounds of this program,” Limbaugh explained.

He said the “retweet” function, which allows users to post another person’s message with one click, had the potential for “saturating the ‘Twitterverse.’”

One thing he won’t divulge on Twitter, however, are his meals.

“I'm not gonna be hanging on Twitter fifteen hours a day and tweeting, ‘I just had breakfast! I hope you have a wonderful day! Bye! Here's a picture of me eating some corn flakes!’ None of that stuff. You don't need to be worrying about that. No, it's just things I want people to see.”

As of Thursday evening, Limbaugh had amassed over 100,000 followers on the site.

Earlier this month Limbaugh generated a swirl of controversy after calling a law student who testified at a Democratic hearing on Capitol Hill a "slut" and a "prostitute." He later apologized to the student, but some of his advertisers and stations airing his program were quick to drop their support.

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  1. Chris

    @rushlimbaugh is a certified twitter account thats been on long enough to have over a thousand tweets. Does that not count?

    March 15, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  2. Bob

    Lol! his sponsers drop him and he runs to twitter! pure panic big time for trash-mouth!

    March 15, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. S. B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Another reason for me not to join Twitter. I don't want to see or hear a man who can't or won't be willing to listen the other side.

    March 15, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. John J. Puccio

    Coincidence that he's joined Twitter at the same time his radio show is losing sponsorship? Sounds like Limbaugh is ready to abandon ship before it's sunk from out under him.

    March 15, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  5. Foreverwar

    100,000 simpletons. Impressive.

    March 15, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  6. Carol S.

    He already HAS a verified Twitter account – @rushlimbaugh what's the big story and why is he making like this is news? Which is it? @limbaugh or @rushlimbaugh???

    March 15, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  7. independent

    and who cares?

    March 15, 2012 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    ►TRENDING: Rush Limbaugh joins Twitter◄
    I guess that will be his next job once all of his sponsors become QUITTERS!!!

    Who cares!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    March 15, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  9. Sparky

    Great idea. Now if his listeners would just trade in their rotary-dial phones for computers, the Twitterverse will be filled with misspelled, caps-locked messages.

    March 15, 2012 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. daisy

    just one more reason to avoid twitter

    March 15, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  11. Ron in Ca.

    Let!s hope he isn't a twit

    March 15, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  12. Mike

    So, The Great Twit himself is now tweeting. How apropos.

    March 15, 2012 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  13. Ex-Iowan

    Smart move. A medium for volatile sound bites that doesn't require sponsors.

    March 15, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  14. Uppity Again Speaks

    someone will clean his pipes there.

    March 15, 2012 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  15. OrangeW3dge

    "...use it for strategic purposes..." – –
    Pretty much what one would expect : Damage Control
    A pitiful man, in a pitiful profession

    March 16, 2012 12:11 am at 12:11 am |
  16. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Rush has been griping about Obama wanting more oil for the USA. Really Rush. Now, suddenly Republicans are against the oil companies? Cheney, the Bushes, The Koch Brothers, and virtually every other Truley Rich Republican have their hands so deep in the oil companies pockets that it would take surgery to get them out. And you are griping about Democratic ads and using social media to reach out to the folks that think women are property, minorities are needed because someone has to do the yard work and that gays should be persecuted because they don't love someone you approve of.

    Go, Rush, go. I'm serious. Anywhere but here, just go.

    March 16, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  17. tony

    Not a proud day for twitter. How long before he breaks their terms of service?

    March 16, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  18. Dead-On-Arrival-Candidate

    Since Rmoney lacks the courage to condemn Rush Limbaugh, how can he stand up against Iran if elected president?

    March 16, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  19. enuff

    Okay... now he can be sued for liable AND slander. I guess twitter doesn't have sponsors, so he can say whatever he wants without consequence... that's his strategy.

    March 16, 2012 12:55 am at 12:55 am |
  20. Mom to 3 he worried that not enough people are listening to his radio show anymore? He will be irrelevent in the next few years. His audience is made up almost entirely of old men. Young people and women are disgusted by him.

    March 16, 2012 01:04 am at 1:04 am |
  21. Jim

    “I've decided to actually activate it now and use it for strategic purposes..."

    The way this guys mind works makes me loose faith in humanity. Then I remembered how humanity came together to shut this mouth piece down and how he had to beg his advertisers to come back, and I get a smile on my face again. Southern rich sleezy fat pampered white trash, the mouthpiece of all hillbilly's and the republican party decided to jump on twitter for his own strategic purposes, awesome, he can continue to show the nation as well as the rest of the world what the south and republicans are all about.

    March 16, 2012 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  22. Bert

    @Limbaugh. Trash is trash, whether it comes by the hour or in 140 characters . . .

    March 16, 2012 04:56 am at 4:56 am |
  23. Sue

    It eludes me as to why any human being with any semblance of a brain would want to listen to a tweet/rant from Limbaugh. Back when I used to vote republican (when the republican party still deserved respect), I never thought the man had a shred of decency. Now he has proven beyond a doubt that his brain is addled by years of drug use, I loathe this odious man even more! Kudos to the sponsors who deserted his show.

    March 16, 2012 05:40 am at 5:40 am |
  24. bear

    Who cares?

    March 16, 2012 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  25. m

    He may think that flooding the twitter world with "re-tweets" is a great thing until even more creative people flood his account with posts. It goes both ways.

    March 16, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
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